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On this date in Maine history: Feb. 24 Enoch Lincoln signs a bill determining that beginning Jan. 1, 1832, “the permanent seat of government shall be established at Augusta.” The bill makes Augusta the state’s capital city, replacing Portland, which became the capital when Maine achieved statehood in 1820.

Beating Trump top of Democrats’ minds at Maine doors ahead of presidential primary PORTLAND, Maine — Volunteers knocking doors for Democratic presidential hopefuls in Maine say climate change and health care are the most pressing issues ahead of the March 3 primary. But there’s another priority — finding the person most likely to beat President Donald Trump.

Lawsuit seeking to halt Mayo-Northern Light merger headed to court They argued that special legislation authorizing the merger was unconstitutional and that leaders of the quasi-municipal entity that runs Mayo — Hospital Administrative District 4 — violated that entity’s charter by pursuing the deal without first holding votes in all of its 13 member communities.

How losing his voice taught a Maine CEO to give workers more say Kevin Hancock led his family’s lumber company with a strong hand, taking charge of most meetings and directing strategy. But all that changed a decade ago. Hancock, the sixth-generation CEO of Hancock Lumber, felt his throat tightening and found it difficult to speak or be understood.

These 4 standouts named BDN boys tournament MVPs Their well-rounded play, which helped keep their teams on course to win championships, has earned them recognition as the 2020 Bangor Daily News William C. Warner Award winners as the most valuable players in their respective classes.

When a farm transitions into a wildlife park, things get interesting I honestly will not be surprised to one day hear a knock on the door and open to find several critters wanting to come in for a visit. OK, so things likely will not progress to that point, but there is no doubt the local wildlife has become increasingly emboldened and less reticent to come near the house.

Maine’s low-income students have fallen further behind their peers over the past 4 years In addition, four years of Maine Educational Assessment results show that a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students in a particular district generally predicts worse results for that district. Some 43 percent of Maine students qualified for free and reduced-price lunches last year and are considered economically disadvantaged.

Southern Aroostook senior earns 3rd Class D North tourney MVP award Hermon senior guard Paige Plissey is the B winner, junior guard Maci Beals of Central Aroostook in Mars Hills is the Class C recipient and Hampden Academy senior forward Alydia Brillant os the Class A selection. All of their teams won regional titles.

If facing possible drug interactions, search for alternative meds ROACH: I am writing about a concerning development with my 67-year-old husband. After more than a year of taking a 10 mg dose of escitalopram, his internist increased the dose to 20 mg. This vastly improved his depression symptoms over the past year. For many years, he has taken flecainide for atrial fibrillation….

Wiscasset man dies in Moosehead Lake snowmobile crash Gregory Lemar, 59, was traveling toward Rockwood from Greenville just after 5 p.m. with his wife following on another snowmobile when he hit a ridge southeast of Hogback Island “at a high rate of speed, ” according to a news release from Cpl. John MacDonald, the spokesman for the Maine Warden Service.

Wiscasset man dies when snowmobile crashes on Moosehead Lake The victim is identified as Gregory Lemar, 59.

McVicar helps UMaine women snap Stony Brook’s 22-game win streak UMaine improved to 14-14 overall with its sixth straight win and is 10-4 in America East play. The Black Bears significantly enhanced their chances of finishing second and earning the right to potentially host two home playoff games.

Sabattus hit by 2.2-magnitude earthquake The quake was recorded Sunday evening near the border of Lewiston and Sabattus, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

PHOTOS: Sun equals fun in February L/A residents enjoy outdoor activities Sunday.

Junior Hockey: Northeast Generals take weekend series against Maine Nordiques The Northeast Generals took two of three games on the weekend. Northeast earned the sweep on Sunday as the Generals' NA3HL team defeated the L/A Nordiques.

Sabattus hit by magnitude 2.2 earthquake A magnitude 2.2 earthquake was recorded Sunday evening near the border of Lewiston and Sabattus, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

LeBron’s clutch jumper sends Lakers past Celtics 114-112 LeBron James scores 29 points, including the winning basket – a fallaway jumper - with 30 seconds to play.

Vivo is top 2 smartphone vendor in Philippines - MANILA, Philippines - Showing no signs of slowing down, Vivo established a 25% total market share in Q4 of 2019, taking the second spot in the local smartphone industry rankings.

Junior Hockey: Ogandzhanyan returns to haunt Thunder Monarchs goalie Artur Ogandzhanyan was a brick wall against his former club.

Malfunction on Casco Bay Bridge halts traffic to South Portland Portland police are redirecting motorists while repair crews work to correct the problem.

Trump ready for warm embrace, adulation in India President Trump's two-day visit is packed with events, including a rally at the world's largest cricket stadium.

Police log Androscoggin County - Christopher Kyajohnian, 40, of Minot, on charges of operating after suspension and violating condition of release, 1:45 p.m. Sunday, on Grove Road in Sabattus. Auburn - Eli Hubbard, 44, of Lewiston, on a charge of theft, 6:45 p.m.

Lewiston-Auburn Flashback: Elephants on Pine Street Flashback is a regular Monday feature highlighting life in the past in the Lewiston-Auburn area. If you have more information about today’s image, share it on the Lewiston Public Library’s website at

Trump expresses optimism for U.S. peace deal with Taliban If a temporary truce holds, it will be followed by the signing of the peace accord Saturday, wrapping up the United States' longest-running conflict and fulfilling one of Trump's chief campaign promises.

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